JoYreads – great irony from Paulo Coelho, Aleph – expand your universe

Love finding words to underline, and yes I do love underlining words : ) Here is one of the favorites from Paulo Coelho‘s book, Aleph – again.
Keep expanding your universe and limits, for they really do even when you need to stop the most. Actually that’s when we thrive the most.. when we see where we actually can go, how our limits can expand when needed. and…that is when we (should) observe and implement – using the words “I can’t do anymore / I can’t evolve any further” much much less in our lives, which are easily wandering around us all the times as habits.
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coffee and flowers
So here is to a happy, rainy saturday of serenity and words.. though my favorite bookmark shows wine, it’s a good time of the day to rise and enjoy it with coffee – rise and shine on! : )

♩ ♪ ♫ Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream.. to the brand new day

wake up and walk to the picturesque early morning tranquility, feel the serene power of early morning – keep calm and shine; for yourself & loved ones!

sometimes life gives you tough times, maybe to expand your universe or limits, who knows. Take it for good, keep calm, visit your serenity source to feed your inner peace- for me it’s the water, again I guess.. and get ready to expand, for that is the only way to any solution if you may bring.

#wordsonlife Continuous transformation of “I”

Continuous transformation of  “I” – of you –  especially when you’re on the road, out of comfort zone is amazing!
and it’s definitely my favorite journey in life, once you start, you keep discovering yourself along the way and you’re always on this journey.
below are the expression of this journey from Paulo Coelho‘s words which I quite liked as having lived it exactly.  It’s from his book, the Aleph, I am still reading through and definitely a strong suggestion for your bookshelf!
-and yes, as a lover of underlining books, it’s the words underlined, on the plane during a journey.

Here comes the sun, the sun of joie de vivre.

If you make it a habbit to start each day with a will to find a joy of it, you’ll see that there are a lot of spots where you can look for it.
Shine on, keep your hopes and shine on for yourself and for your loved ones! explore-today-music-enJoY-artful-mornings-passion-songs ..and follow the sun : )

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Quite happy to have found this greeting card in Barnes and Noble by sunrise greetings, which summarizes my joie de vivre, to enjoy life, explore, live artful with passion.

#quotetoday, “You can endure almost anything as long as you can sing about it..” let the music be with you..

“You can endure almost anything as long as you can sing about it..” – James Wright

Ran into this quote via a tweet from Paris Review, regarding their interview with James Wright in 1975, which you can find in below link:

Paris Review – The Art of Poetry No. 19, James Wright

 Loved the meaning of the sentence the moment I read it, and it recalls different meanings each time I read or think over it. Music, and water of course, are the two things I run / nestle to whenever I need to find relief, serenity and calm down. Actually music is always with me, in my both best and worst moments. Probably that is why I was attracted to this quote so much.. Also with this equation of music being relief for me, I perceived the meaning as a hope that never let life get you to a point where you close the door to find relief, to heal – whatever the source of that for you is..

In the interview, James Wright links this sentence to an Irish tradition of having the determination to live, and adds upon it,  a story of an Irish Poet of the eighteenth century, Anthony Raftery. When asked who he is, while standing in the corner of a bar carrying a hand harp, the poet expresses himself as below.

“I am Raftery, the poet, full of hope and love, with no light in my eyes, and with gentleness that has no misery, going west upon my pilgrimage by the light of my heart, though feeble and tired to the end of my road, and behold me now, with my back to the wall, playing music unto empty pockets.” –translation of  Dr. Douglas Hyde as stated in Paris Review interview.

and below is the music quote combined with a scene from Sainte-Chapelle concerts, listening to arias, where I used to go often and find relief and joy when I was in Paris.


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As always, “it’s the water” and water finds its way..

If you’ve once set out on the continuous journey to find yourself, to build/change your waterway-so to say if you’re free:)- don’t forget to take what the water gives you, to find its way, to flow, to crossover , attraversiamo , ..andd to thrive , to be “you” :).

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and for #musicarttoday, just as this waterway sunset ambiance recalls and goes quite well with one of my favorite songs;
What the water gave me by Florence and the Machine

What the water gave me by Florence and the Machine

 listen “what the water gave me” by Florence and the Machine